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The dream to represent the Philippines is still there,” Mario Delmindo told this writer after his son, Fil-Am amateur boxer Miles Delmindo recently lost in a boxing event last week in Ohio, USA. “But with so much things going on in Philippine boxing, I don’t think we will be cut for the RP boxing team.”

Miles, who now sports a 7-8 win-loss slate as an amateur, is currently training under former Olympic gold medalist boxer Jerry Page. Page is a member of the 1984 US Olympic boxing team, which heralded several of the sports greatest figures, including Evander Holyfield, Virgil Hill, Pernell Whitaker, and Meldrick Taylor.

Miles Delmindo working on the heavy bag.

All of them were multiple-division champions.

It can also be remembered that Page offered his expertise to train members of the RP Boxing team. But there was no response made by the Philippine boxing authorities regarding the said request.

Mario told this writer that they are now looking to have Miles partake in an US Olympic qualifier for the 2016 Olympics. The father-son tandem are now planning their route and their next step is to have Miles fight in the Golden Gloves open category next year.

That is the new goal now. Become an Olympian for the United States.”

It’s a long road to be an Olympian but we know Miles can make it,” Mario said. “Fighting and winning in the Golden Gloves will give us a shot for the qualifying matches.”

Deep in my heart, we really want to fight for the Philippines. But I just don’t think we have the slightest chance of making it there.”

This is not the first time that boxers with Filipino lineage represented United States in the Olympics. Reigning WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria once fought for the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. During the qualifiers, he fought and defeated both Glenn and Nonito Donaire at the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.